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Athenry (Irish: Baile Atha an Ri, meaning "Ford of the King") is a town in County Galway, Ireland. It lies 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of Galway city, and amongst the attractions of the town are its medieval castle, town wall, priory and 13th century Anglo-Norman street plan. The town is also well known by virtue of the song "The Fields of Athenry".
Historical population Its name derives from the ford ('Ath') crossing the river Clarin just east of the settlement. Because three kingdoms met at that point, it was called 'Ath na Riogh', or 'the Ford of the Kings'. On some medieval maps of English origin the town is called Kingstown. The kingdoms were Hy-Many to the north-east, east and south-east; Aidhne to the south and south-west; Maigh Seola to the west and north-west. Up to around 1000 it was included in Uí Briúin Seóla. In the mid-11th century it was part of the trícha cít of Clann Taidg.
By road, Athenry is served by the M6 Motorway which links Galway city to Dublin. By rail, it is served by Athenry railway station which opened on 1 August 1851 and lies on the Galway to Dublin main line of the Irish rail network. The town is at the junction the Galway to Dublin line, and the partially complete Limerick to Sligo line (dubbed the Western Railway Corridor). Work ('West on Track') is underway to re-open further links, with the Ennis-Athenry section open since March 2010, and the Athenry to Tuam section due in 2011, though not completed yet.
In 2015, Apple Inc. decided to build a €850m data center near Athenry.
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